The American Public and Extreme Policy Positions by Frank Newport
Both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz — strange bedfellows indeed — agree that the body of which they are members, the U.S. Senate, is dysfunctional and under the control of errant powers. Both men want the system changed so that senators act in ways that directly represent all the people, an idea that certainly fits well with American public opinion. Americans’ trust and confidence in government are at or near record lows, and the public would welcome almost anything that would shake up Congress and move it toward being a more effective and efficient entity.
The problem with most revolutions, however, is figuring out what happens once change is brought about. Sanders and Cruz certainly have core convictions on that front. The former argues that the people, once they wrest control away from an all-powerful wealthy elite in this country, would gratefully opt for a major ramping up of government involvement in solving the nation’s problems and creating a better life for all of its citizens.
Cruz argues that the people, once they take control back from party bosses and the party establishments, would just as gratefully advocate a major disassembling of government in an effort to severely reduce its influence and power. Both of these polar opposite convictions are decidedly out of sync with public opinion.
That may not matter to Sanders and Cruz, who — like many revolutionaries — are convinced that they know best, even if the people don’t yet recognize it. But that assumption dismisses the collective wisdom of the people who in the long run control a democracy. Better to pay close attention to what the public is telling us, and fashion policy around that wisdom — rather than operating with blind insistence that one has the received truth.
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